Friday, November 26, 2010

Dessert Social Sun-28-Nov

Our first social event will be to welcome all new swimmers and divers to the Grand Rapids Christian boys swim and dive team! We are planning a dessert social on Sunday evening, November 28th, from 6-8pm. This event will include coaches, athletes, and their parents and siblings. The Pruis' have graciously agreed to open their home for this event. We wanted to do this early in the season so we could all get to know each other before the swim meets begin. Go Eagles!!!

The Pruis' address is 1211 Old Lake Ct., Grand Rapids, MI 49545. Please do not park in the circular drive at the Pruis' as we will need this area to exit when we leave. Here's a map.

Dessert and beverages will be provided, and parents don't need to bring a thing. We are looking forward to meeting the new members and hope all will be able to attend. A flyer will also come home with the boys from practice on Monday, the 22nd. Some of the new families have not signed up on the website yet so please help spread the word.

Looking forward to seeing all of you!!!
Gina Leppink 443-2195 (cell)
Vicky Ludema 560-0129 (cell)
Sally Stout 862-4750 (cell)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Practice Sat-27-Nov *NOT* Split

We had originally announced that Saturday's practice would be of the "split" variety. Now it will not. All swimmers should be on deck at 10:00am. Practice ends for everyone at 12:30pm.
As a rule, once we announce a practice time on the Team Calendar, we also notify everyone if that practice changes. So if you're signed up for updates via email, Facebook, or Twitter, you'll hear about every practice change. But it's never a bad idea to check the Team Calendar page frequently.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Split Practice Details

The 4-hour practices will be split up as follows (Wed, Fri, and Sat):
  • The swimmers who swam in the 4 slower lanes of the pool at Monday’s practice should be ready to get in the pool at the beginning of the posted practice time. They will be done with practice 2.5 hours after the beginning of practice (10:00-12:30 for the 10:00 start days or 11:00-1:30 for the 11:00 start days).
  • The swimmers who swam in the 4 faster lanes in the pool at Monday’s practice will need to be on deck, ready for drylands 1.5 hours after the posted beginning of practice (11:30 for the 10:00 start time and 12:30 for the 11:00 start time). They will finish practice at the posted stop time.
This may seem a bit complex, but it will make practice much more enjoyable and beneficial for the guys because we won’t be trying to jam as many people into a smaller, wavier pool!

Please keep in mind that not all practices will be split like this.
  • Split practices will be denoted on the Team Calendar page as "Split Practice" and will follow this same pattern: slower 4 lanes start at the posted time and go for 2.5 hours; faster 4 lanes start 1.5 hours after the posted time and finish at the posted stop time.
  • Regular practices will be denoted as simply "Practice." For these regular practices, all swimmers will be expected to be on deck at the posted start time. Practice will conclude at the posted stop time for everyone.
So please refer to the Team Calendar page regularly.

Monday, November 22, 2010

A Word about our Practice Schedule

Update: These times are now confirmed and have been added to the Team Calendar page.

Tue-23-Nov - 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Ottawa Hills
Wed-24-Nov - 11:00am - 3:00pm at Ottawa Hills (split)
Thu-25-Nov - off
Fri-26-Nov - 10:00am - 2:00pm at Ottawa Hills (split)
Sat-27-Nov - 10:00am - 12:30pm at Ottawa Hills (not split)
Mon-29-Nov - 6:15pm - 9:00pm at Calvin
Tue-30-Nov - 6:15pm - 9:00pm at Calvin
Wed-1-Dec - 6:15pm - 9:00pm at Calvin
Thu-2-Dec - 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Ottawa Hills
Fri-3-Dec - 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Ottawa Hills
Sat-4-Dec - 10:00am - 2:00pm at Ottawa Hills (split)

With the 4-hour blocks of time above, we will be running two separate practices that overlap a bit, due to our large team size and the smaller size of the Ottawa Hills pool. For example, with the 10:00am - 2:00pm time, one group will go from 10:00am to 12:30pm and the other group will go from 11:30am to 2:00pm.

Split practices are explained here.

Team Sweatshirts and Social Dues

Swimmers and parents please remember to send a check for $31 with your athlete if you are interested in a team sweatshirt. The deadline is firm as the order will need to be placed soon. Please give the check to Nate Leppink payable to Gina Leppink by the end of practice this Wednesday, November 24. Sorry but no orders can be placed without payment.

Social dues would be appreciated as soon as possible. We are asking for $30 from each athlete. Social dues covers a portion of party food, hair bleach, coaches gifts, and much more. Please give your check to Nate Leppink payable to Gina Leppink. You could also mail your check to:
Gina Leppink
1847 Timber Ridge Dr. SE
Ada MI 49301
You can also hand your check to Gina at Sunday's dessert social or at any swim meet. Thanks for supporting the swimmers and divers in this way!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Spread the Word

Every athlete whether new or returning needs to get on the website and click the big blue "CLICK HERE" button. Then follow the instructions to fill out your contact information. So far, only about ten athletes have done this. Please help spread the word to all athletes that they need to do this.

Parents of first year swimmers and divers also should get on the website to get signed up on the email notification list. Parents of returning athletes who are already receiving these updates don't need to sign up again. But please help us by spreading the word to others.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Welcome to Eagles Aquatics

Welcome to Eagles Aquatics, the home of the Grand Rapids Christian High School Boys Swim & Dive Team.

We post all practice and meet schedules, top times, meet results, photos, directions to pools and other announcements here on this website. So it's your job as an athlete or parent to stay up to date by visiting this website often. But if you take the time to sign up to follow us by email, Facebook, or text message, you'll never miss an announcement.

Athletes, please take a moment to complete the following checklist:
  1. Regardless of whether you are new to the team this season or not, every athlete needs to fill out the contact information form here.
  2. For the remaining items, if you were already signed up from last season, you do not need to sign up again unless your email address or cell phone number changed.
  3. Do you have email? If so, sign up for email updates here.
  4. Are you on Facebook? "Like" our Facebook page here and see announcements on your friend feed.
  5. Does your cell phone have unlimited texting? Sign up for text message updates here.
Parents and fans, if you're new to our website, here's your checklist: (Returning parents and fans do not need to sign up again if you were already signed up last season.)
  1. Please sign up for email updates here.
  2. If you're active on Facebook or Twitter, feel free to "like" our Facebook page here and/or follow us on Twitter here. But don't feel obligated. As long you sign up for email updates, you don't need to bother with Facebook and Twitter.
  3. After your athlete has filled out the contact information, please double-check it for accuracy here. (You'll need to get the password from him first.)
  4. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to announce something to the whole team, please feel free to email

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Family Letter

A letter from our team "moms". We'll be passing out copies of this letter at the parents meeting on Thu-18-Nov.

Swim Practice Starts Mon-22-Nov

Here is the handout from the parents meeting on Thu-18-Nov:

Timers Needed for Girls D3 State Meet

The girls D3 state meet is this coming weekend at the Holland Aquatic Center. They are looking for timers. If you;re interested, please click here to fill out the form.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Winter Sports Parents Meeting

Parents of swimmers and divers are invited to attend a parent night in the Quest Center
at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 18. Immediately after the all-sports meeting in
the Quest Center, the swim and dive team will hold a separate meeting for parents to
discuss the upcoming season.

Hope to see you then!

Returning Athletes: Fill Out Contact Info Form

Hey, athletes!
Please take a moment to fill out the contact information form here. Also, make sure to tell all the new team members to get on the website and click the big blue button to sign up!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

How to Print Documents

Some folks have had trouble printing top times lists and other documents on our website. Here's the trick: Once you click on the link to the document, you'll see a Google docs page that shows the document. To print it, DON'T use your web browser's print function. Instead, use the File/Print option beneath the Google docs logo. Please let the webmaster know if you cannot open a document or if you're still having trouble printing it.